Tarapur Atomic Power Station (TAPS), located in neighbouring Thane district, today carried out an 'offsite emergency exercise' in presence of the representatives of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) among others to check preparedness of the district authorities in the case of radioactive emergency.
This was an exercise as per the regulatory requirements and was a biennial programme, TAPS site director, R K Gargye, told PTI from Tarapur.
"The offsite 'radiological emergency' drill (held) today at Tarapur site of the Nuclear Power Corporation ensured the capability of district authorities for handling the situation based on the feedback from various observers," Gargye said.
Vengani village situated at the distance of five km from the power station was selected as affected locality as per the developed scenario for the purpose of exercise, he said adding that the drill started after he declared start of the 'site emergency' at 6:45 AM and lasted till 1 PM.
"Messages were sent to the district-level emergency response committee, headed by district collector, and Thane district administration declared 'off site emergency' at 7:15 AM," Gargye said.
The observers included representatives from NDMA, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Atomic Energy Regulatory Board and various units of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India.
"Exercise of counter-measures included three stages--sheltering, Iodine tablet distribution and evacuation of the affected village--as prescribed in the emergency plan due to spread of radioactivity," he said adding around 100 villagers were evacuated and sheltered at K L Ponda High School, Dahanu, located around 15 km from the village. The NDMA on Friday conducted a day-long workshop for all the stake-holders at TAPS.